[Research seminar] Secrecy and method in Security studies13 June 2019
- Starts at: 16:00h
- Fee: Free
- Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
- Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
2517 JN The Hague
On June 13, the Asser Institute is proud to welcome Prof. Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam and Ms. Esmé Bosma, University of Amsterdam. During this research seminar, they will be presenting the book ‘Secrecy and Method in Security Studies’.
This book analyses the challenges of secrecy in security research, and develops a set of methods to navigate, encircle and work with secrecy.
How can researchers navigate secrecy in their fieldwork, when they encounter confidential material, closed-off quarters or bureaucratic rebuffs? This is a particular challenge for researchers in the security field, which is by nature secretive and difficult to access. This book creatively assesses and analyses the ways in which secrecies operate in security research. The collection sets out new understandings of secrecy, and shows how secrecy itself can be made productive to research analysis. It offers students, PhD researchers and senior scholars a rich toolkit of methods and best-practice examples for ethically appropriate ways of navigating secrecy. It pays attention to the balance between confidentiality, and academic freedom and integrity. The chapters draw on the rich qualitative fieldwork experiences of the contributors, who did research at a diversity of sites, for example at a former atomic weapons research facility, inside deportation units, in conflict zones, in everyday security landscapes, in virtual spaces, and at borders, bureaucracies and banks.
Asser research seminars
During the Asser research seminars, external researchers are invited to present their current and upcoming research with the Asser research community. The seminars are semi-open, as we will invite a few external people who may be interested in the specific topic of the seminar. However, we aim to keep the group’s size limited, to stimulate interaction and high quality, in-depth discussions. Researchers who are interested in presenting their research to the Asser research community are very welcome to send an e-mail to the coordinator of the seminars Dr. Christophe Paulussen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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